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OSU guides help manage plant diseases, weeds, and insects

April 30, 2011 --

by OSU Extension

What are the best ways to manage insects, weeds and plant diseases? Three research-based guides, available through Oregon State University Extension and updated every year, can provide you with reliable answers.

The manuals provide extensive information on pest biology and chemical and nonchemical control methods and are useful to Pacific Northwest farmers and growers as well as consultants and home gardeners.

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Practical Advice for women still to be found in books

April 29, 2011 --

Simple, Steady, and Equipped: Three great books
by Kari Patterson
Sacred Mundane

If you’ve ever been to our house you can see that we love books. We have an office with books floor to ceiling. There are books on the coffee table, books under the coffee table, old books stacked as decorations, books on the mantle, the windowsill, the end-table. Books in the bathroom, books in our bedroom, books in the kids’ rooms. In fact, I recently had an idea of sometime redecorating the kids’ rooms with framed covers and illustrated pages from vintage children’s books.

And of course books are a constant source of inspiration and vision, the cultivate creativity and give us hope. But I recently read three very practical books that reminded me afresh at what a great resource books can be for the practical details of life. The three books are:

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Two paths for handling sibling conflict

April 28, 2011 --

by Joy Dombrow
Oregon Blogger

Last week, I mentioned four practices for crowding our sibling rivalry. I truly believe that if we as parents spend 85% our time and energy creating a loving home environment, that we will only need to deal with sibling spats the other 15% of the time. However, let me be clear, that the 15% will occur. The fact that sibling rivalry is natural means that fighting, bickering, tattling, and arguing will sneak into our homes uninvited and unannounced. But just because it’s natural doesn’t mean we can allow it to settle into a state of normalcy. It must be addressed. So, what is a parent to do? Each individual situation is unique, but there are some basic principles and guidelines for when your children start to argue.

1. If the event is minor, and it is not breaking one of the basic rules of respect for your home, simply let them work it out.

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Living Green Is Easier Than It Seems

April 27, 2011 --

By Erika Weisensee

A week or so ago, I was watching morning television and saw a story about a family who creates almost zero garbage. Let me tell you, I have a long way to go before I am as “green” as that family, but in recent years, I have made an effort to practice the three r’s of sustainable living—reduce, reuse, recycle. It’s easier than it seems. If we all conserve more and change a few habits, we can collectively make a big difference. And, while we are helping the earth, we can also save some money.

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Behind the headlines of slain Eugene officer

April 26, 2011 --

A Community Grieves Eugene Police Officer Killed Friday Night
by Kelli Warner
KMTR-TV Morning News anchor
Springfield, OR

The headline read: Officer Shot Dead During Car Chase.

But the sheer emotion of this weekend tragedy goes far beyond the headlines for this journalist.

Motorcycle officer Chris Kilcullen, a 12-year veteran of the Eugene police Department was shot by a woman during, what began as, a routine traffic stop on Friday afternoon. It happened at an intersection I drive through several times a day going to and from home. On this day, I was taking the kids to Good Friday service at church.

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Help your eye-rolling daughter see straight

April 25, 2011 --

How This Parenting Expert Turned Her Eye-Rolling Tween into a Loving Daughter
by Jean Tracy, MSS
KidsDiscuss.com

Has your daughter changed from a cool kid into a difficult tween? Let’s find out how this mother turned her child into a loving girl again.

I ask Debbie Pokornik, a parenting expert, how she’s helping her daughter become a genuine woman instead of a media princess.

This question evolved from the excellent book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein.

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Upcoming “Happy Girls Half-Marathon” offers unique gift to finishers

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By Kelly Barten
Run Oregon Blog

 

Oh, how I love when races give finishers something unique.

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Here’s the front of the 2011 Happy Girls Half Marathon finisher necklace …
(Courtesy Gina Miller)

I do certainly love a heavy finisher’s medal after a marathon; or an age-group ribbon when I actually race at a 5k or 10k (thank you, ORRC, for awarding age group ribbons 5-deep) … but a little “bling” ranks right up there with free Jamba Juice and winning a massage in a raffle.

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Easter Morning First Revealed to Women

April 24, 2011 --

Sunday Morning Praise
by Joy Dombrow
Oregon Blogger


 

Matthew 28:1-9

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.

He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.

Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.

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Dandelions a delight through my daughter’s eyes

April 23, 2011 --

Dandelions
by Leona Atkinson
Leona’s Lines Blog

“The miracles of nature do not seem miracles because they are so common.  If no one had ever seen a flower, even a dandelion would be the most startling event in the world.” –Author Unknown

It’s spring and the Dandelions are popping up all over the green grass.

Seeing a bunch of them today reminded me of a time years back when I worked at the local hardware store as a cashier. It was Springtime and the Lawn and Garden department was very busy selling all the items homeowner’s might need to keep their lawns green and beautiful. This day, in particular, many of the customers seemed to be focused on fighting dandelions. In fact, our supply of dandelion removers was dwindling as the complaints about the “weed” rose higher and higher throughout the day.

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Paralyzed Bride Jennifer Darmon Walks at Wedding

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Paralyzed bride walks down the aisle on her wedding day. What a determined lady. What a devoted man.

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